Rebecca Bellingham is equal parts educator and artist. She began her career as a teaching artist working at elementary schools in the South Bronx with Dreamyard, a nationally recognized community arts organization. She went on to teach at The Berkeley Carroll School in Park Slope, where she was a 4th grade teacher and Literacy Coach.  After receiving a master's degree in Literacy Specialization at Columbia University Teachers College, Rebecca began working at Teachers College Reading and Writing Project as a staff developer and later as a full time instructor in the Literacy Specialist Program. Rebecca is also an actress and has performed in numerous off-broadway and regional theaters around the country. Her new musical play, The Raft, written with acclaimed singer-songwriter Catie Curtis, will have its premiere at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA on March 29, 2020.

Rebecca's work centers on the intersection between teaching and artistry. She gives educators tools for teaching in both deeply engaging and instructional ways. After living in NYC for 17 years, Rebecca finally agreed to move to her husband's beloved home-state of California.  Currently, Rebecca leads professional development with the San Diego Unified School District and hosts the podcast Learning Together San Diego. She is also the Director of Writing and Storytelling for transcenDANCE, a nationally recognized Creative Youth Development organization, and the author of The Artful Read Aloud. Rebecca returns frequently to New York City to teach courses on artful literacy instruction at Teachers College, present and partner with arts-based organizations, ride the subway, see theater, and walk the streets of the city!

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Podcast: Learning Together San Diego

Episode #1: New Beginnings
Episode #2: Sparking Curiosity!

Hosted by Rebecca Bellingham, Learning Together San Diego is produced by the San Diego Unified School District to celebrate the sounds of children learning, to highlight and inspire engagement, innovation, and creativity, to spark conversation about big topics in education, and hopefully to get a little more connected to each other through the stories and interviews that are shared here.


TEDx Talk

Watch Rebecca's talk, "Why We Should All Be Reading Aloud to Children"


Podcast: Rebecca on Episode #49 of the Read-Aloud Revival

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Sarah Mackenzie interviews Rebecca in this episode of RAR.

"The Read-Aloud Revival podcast helps parents, homeschoolers, and teachers make meaningful and lasting connections with kids through books. Join host, Sarah Mackenzie, author of the USA Bestseller, The Read-Aloud Family and Teaching from Rest, for interviews, tips, and helpful booklists that will help your whole family fall in love with books."